Unofficial Defcon FAQ

Q) What's the purpose of this FAQ?

A) The purpose of this FAQ is to answer questions that members of the Defcon community (specifically those on the Defcon Forums) have answered time and time again. The FAQ is by no-means one persons doing; it is a collaboration put together by a group of individuals. Some of the answers are humorous, some are very serious, but if you read the FAQ as one body of text you will see an underlying meaning. Incase you don't see the meaning I will try to explain it a bit to you: Defcon itself is a community, which alone is obvious from the Defcon Forums and the dedicated people on it. This FAQ is a manifestation of some member's thoughts and feelings on the community. The people who contributed to the FAQ make up some of the core of the Defcon community, it is their hope that Defcon will not ever die.

Before you even read past this point there are two questions I will pose to you, that you can only answer through your own self reflection: "Why are you attending Defcon?" and "Are you an asset to the community/event or a detractor?" While you're reflecting on that(before delving into the FAQ), I would suggest reading DarkTangents Open Letter to the Community (Dc9): http://defcon.stotan.org/open-letter-dc9.txt. If you're sensitive about your feelings you may be better served by reading the Be Prepared Blog, instead of this FAQ.

Q) Seriously though, why write a second version when DefCon has a good FAQ already?

A) I asked myself that question a number of times before committing to the project. I believe that the Official DefCon FAQ as well as the "Be Prepared" blog serve a different purpose and often times come from a different perspective.

Q) How can I find out when you update the FAQ?

A) When I update stuff, I *usually* post it on twitter.

Q) Who is the Master of this FAQ-Fu?

A) HighWiz

Q) I have a question not answered in the FAQ, what do I do?

A) Drop me a line: faq{at}stotanYOURPANTS{dot}org (make sure to remove yourpants before sending). Hopefully you've also done a little research and already checked out the Official Defcon FAQ and Dark Tangent's as well as the Be Prepared Blogs'.


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